How we work

As a party, we believe strongly in democracy, and this is reflected in our organisational structures. Our three main decision-making committees are elected by our members.

Members can also join party organisations, which are groups of like-minded people who share a particular interest or identity.


Federal Executive

Chair: Tim Farron

Federal Executive (FE) is the governing body of the Federal Party. It is responsible for directing, co-ordinating, and implementing the work of the Federal Party.

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Federal Policy Committee

Chair: Duncan Hames

The Federal Policy Committee (FPC) is responsible for the party's policy-making process and for commissioning research and development, from which it creates policy papers for debate by Conference.

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Federal Conference Committee 

Chair: Andrew Wiseman

The Federal Conference Committee (FCC) is responsible for staging Federal Conference – where conference representatives have the chance to decide on party policy. 

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Specified Associated Organisations

Specified Associated Organisations (SAOs) are groups of party members that share, or support, a particular identity. SAOs are approved by the Federal Executive and are entitled to submit motions to Conference.

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Associated Organisations

Associated Organisations (AOs) are groups of party members that share a particular belief, interest or cause. AOs are approved by the Federal Executive.

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English Council Executive

Chair: Steve Jarvis

The governing body of the English Liberal Democrats, or ‘English Party’, is the English Council, which meets twice a year. It is made up of representatives of all the 11 English Regional Parties, who are elected at their regional conferences.

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